mayfairgrin's "This Delicate Confusion" is a well-crafted collection of dark, rhythmic electronica.
"Originally 'This Delicate Confusion' was scheduled to be released on CD in late '06, but -unfortunately- was overshadowed by the completion and release of 'Memoirs From The Deep End' (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mayfairgrin1). TDC represents a stylistic metamorphasis from the industrial-inspired electronica compositions found on 'Excursions On A Hovercraft' to the darker, more refined, and synth-driven ambient IDM as heard on 'Memoirs'. Tracks like "delicate" and "kirlian sunshine" highlight some deeper and more complex compositions on the record showcasing a more progressive direction. The record as a whole is a cross-section of mayfairgrin's interpretations of various music genres... obscure or otherwise." -- A. Latham
andrew latham | synth/programming, guitar, composition
billy lamont | spoken word ("kirlian sunshine")
hannah boone | photo/design
t. nathan roan | trombone ("kirlian sunshine")
amy jording | additional synth/programming ("kirlian sunshine")
julie straw | spoken word ("black mountain machine")
January 14, 2011 Subject:
A hauntingly familiar tune...
Mayfairgrin has a unique knack for creating soundsculptures that have some sort of eerie familiarity about them. Not like you actually KNOW the song-- but there is something strangely warm about it. Music that has echoed off the back of your skull... endless reverberating drones that pull deep memories from your subconsciousness- all the while with interesting beat structures.
My only complaint- some of the songs are a bit long, which is probably intended for the whole trance-state idea, but they seem more like an "extended remix version" than the actual piece.
I'd love to hear 4 minute versions- it would sound incredibly masterful--
Give it a listen-- let it soak in...
You will remember that you have never heard it before- or have you?
January 12, 2011 Subject:
Behold, the fine line between ambient and industrial. This is such an unfamiliar line to most people that they easily walk right over it, kicking it into the gutter without a realization. Those looking for it know where to find it – lodged in a submarine several miles in the air, where the static remains in the shadows, lurking, ready to emerge at the right time. The static is not alarmed by the industrial beats jostling the background image. It rides the ambient swell over the clouds only to glide back down to Earth with a smile on its face.
mayfairgrin go on a journey of abstruse landscapes and they tell their story through interpretive electronic dances and underwater daydreams. They start off with a sonic odyssey located deep within a computer’s walls which slowly slides into trances and meditative states. After 20 minutes, your guide finally greets you and takes you to a spiritual electro-dance. The urge to close your eyes and fall into the recesses of the mind is hard to fight. This journey seems to get lost in its own maze at times, as its sonic interpretations of a myriad of genres start going around in circles.
Andrew Latham and company have certainly made staying up to watch the sunrise a new pastime. This Delicate Confusion is like being in the back room of a club with the door shut tight and only your sweeping subconscious can find the right sounds to go with the beats that seem to find their way through the walls.